What are the consequences of domestic violence in Georgia?

The blog recently discussed domestic violence in Georgia. Georgia residents may have questions and concerns about domestic violence in their communities and domestic violence laws in Georgia. Georgia has a Family Violence Act which not only applies to current spouses but also applies to former spouses; parents of shared children; parents and children; stepparents and stepchildren; foster parents and foster children and individuals living in the same household or who may have formerly been living in the same household.

The definition of family violence in Georgia includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Domestic violence in Georgia includes committing an assault or battery, stalking, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass, as well as other potential charges. Domestic violence charges in Georgia can be either a misdemeanor or felony charge.

There are a number of potential consequences and penalties that can result from domestic violence accusations, allegations and charges. Potential penalties for domestic violence can include jail time, probation, anger management classes, community service and fines. A protective or restraining order may also be issued in family violence situations through the family law legal process which can keep the accused party away from the party's family and children. In addition, an individual subject to a protective or restraining order in Georgia may be jailed and charged with additional crimes if they are alleged to have violated a restraining or protective order.

Accusations and allegations of family violence can be a trying time for accused individuals and victims. Because of the significant impact of domestic violence accusations on their lives and on their families, it is important that individuals accused of domestic violence are familiar with the legal resources available to help them.

Source: Statelaw.Findlaw.com, "Georgia Domestic Violence Laws," Accessed Jan. 17, 2016

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